Todays Mussar Quote 23rd Av 5769

 

Today 23rd Av, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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Attend a Torah class – and enjoy the warmth – deep down in your soul.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 23rd Av 5769

 

Today 23rd Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
The Torah Welcomes Every Person

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THE PARABLES OF THE BEN ISH CHAI

Some people consider themselves “unworthy” to study the holy Torah. The following parable proves that the Torah welcomes every member of Klal Yisrael to study and follow her ways.

A wealthy man moved to a new county where he did not know a soul. He needed to open a bank account, but he did not know which bank was trustworthy. That very day he met a man who worked for – and highly recommended – a certain bank.

However, being unfamiliar with this foreign country, the wealthy man expressed his reservations. “You have nothing to worry about,” said his new acquaintance, “the reputation of this bank speaks for itself!” The man was not convinced, “What do you mean?” he asked. “This is the fastest growing bank in the country. Here, look at this report,” he said, “In the past two months, 200 new accounts have been opened! This popularity patently demonstrates that our bank is reliable and efficient.”

In the same way that the popularity of the bank proved its worthiness, so too, the fact that the entire Klal Yisrael accepted the Torah at Mount Sinai, proves that the Torah is the perfect path for every type of Jew. HaShem chose to give the Torah to the generation who left Egypt who — because of their life in bondage – were on a low spiritual level. Although they were far from the ways of the holy Torah, nevertheless, they were capable of living and sanctifying themselves through the Torah. Indeed there was not one member of the entire multitude of well over 600,000 men, women, and children who did not accept the Torah.

However, if HaShem would have given the Torah to our Patriarchs — Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaacov – some of us might have assumed that the Torah is only for individuals who are on the high spiritual level of the Avos. Whereas, the unanimous acceptance of the Torah by the spiritually disadvantaged generation that went out from Egypt proves that a Torah life is appropriate for every Jew. No matter what spiritual background they come from, the Torah will elevate them to the highest levels of goodness and purity.

TODAY: Reflect on the fact that you are worthy and capable of living a life devoted to Torah.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Loving Kindness Day 140 In His Shoes

 

Loving Kindness – SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – 23rd Av, 5769

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22 Av, 5769 / August 12, 2009

Day 140 – In His Shoes

SEFER AHAVAS CHESED — Part III Chapter II

      As in every aspect of chesed, the best way for a person to determine what is really needed is to put himself in the other man’s shoes. Most people can project how they would feel entering into someone else’s home under various conditions. They can imagine how a traveler feels after a long journey; his deepest desire may be a shower and a change of clothes. A mother coming into a strange house with an entourage of small children may want nothing more than some cookies and apple juice on the table and place for the children to run and play. A charity collector in the midst of a long day of knocking on doors is most likely in need of some encouragement, refreshment and a place to rest his feet for awhile. By using one’s power of empathy, one can target the needs of the guest more precisely and avoid making errors that would detract from the mitzvah.

      In doing so, a person also protects his own interests. At the present time, he may be in the position of the giver, the host, the source of food and shelter, but he should realize in the cyclical turnings of the world, the situation could reverse. No asset comes to a person with a guarantee of permanence; today’s giver may be tomorrow’s recipient. How a person treats those who come to him for help determines whether or not he will keep the assets he has been granted. It also influences how he and his offspring will be treated when their time of need arises.

      In the Talmud (Shabbos 151b) Rabbi Chia said to his wife, “Give to the guest, because our children may need from him.” She responded, “Are you cursing us?” He denied that his comment was a curse: “When you curse, you suggest that something out of the ordinary should happen. This is ordinary.”

      Even a person whose assets remain with him will find he needs others at some juncture in his life. Even a wealthy man can be lost on the road, fall ill while away from home or find himself stranded in transit as Shabbos approaches. In any of these cases, he needs the caring hospitality of others. If he has made the effort in his dealings with guests to protect their dignity and provide for them with graciousness, these are the attitudes that will greet him when he finds himself reliant upon the compassion of others.

      The Chofetz Chaim warns against a common mistake people make regarding hachnasas orchim — refraining from inviting someone who needs a place because one feels his home is inadequate for receiving this particular guest. If there is no better option for the guest, one should issue the invitation and let the guest decide whether he wishes to accept. One cannot dishonor someone by offering him the best he has — whatever it is

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In my future dealings with guests, I will utilize the technique of projecting myself into their situation so that I can accurately gauge their needs.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 23rd Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 23rd Av, 5769

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Motivation

The higher our motivations are, the more powerful are our actions — and the greater their effect in this world and the next.

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi Day 82 Beyond Reproach

 

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi – Learning the Laws of Proper Speech – 23rd Av, 5769

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23rd Av, 5769

Day 82 – Beyond Reproach

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM – Laws of Loshon Hora 10:9-10

      In the previous segment, we learned that when negative information needs to be related l’toeles (for a constructive purpose) and rebuke is not possible, then the report must be said in the presence of at least three people.

      In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim tells us that there is an exception to this rule: When the speaker is respected as a man of truth and a straightforward individual who would not say anything behind someone’s back that he would not say in his presence, then he can relate the information privately and does not need to speak in front of three people.

      As explained in the previous segment, three people are needed when there is a possibility that the speaker will be suspected of lying or trying to speak badly of someone without that person finding out. As a public forum, the group of three gives credibility to both the speaker and his report. However, when the speaker is respected as being a man of absolute integrity, he will not be suspected of lying or of improper motives. Therefore, there is no need for a group of three.

      The Chofetz Chaim concludes this segment by pointing out a difference between a report involving a sin between man and his fellow and one involving a sin between man and Hashem. In the latter case, such information can be related l’toeles only if the person has intentionally committed this sin numerous times, and only if it is something which we would expect the average religious Jew to recognize as a sin

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KESER SHEM TOV

 

KESER SHEM TOV

The Baal Shem Tov Times

Anthology of the Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov

KST 32.

The Baal Shem Tov taught:

Today I arrived at the well.”1

The Divine Name connected with translocation is found in the acronym of these words.2

“If she was speaking with someone in the market. . . “3

This teaching can be understood with another one: “The one who reviews his lessons one hundred times is not comparable to the one who reviews his lessons one hundred and one times,”4 that is, one hundred times with One – with G-d. Hence, a person must be able to remain with One – with G-d – even when one is speaking mundane conversation in the market: he must be able to see G-d in that conversation.5

1Genesis 24:42
2The Hebrew letters, are connected because these same letters form the acronym of the words, referring to G-d’s creating the heavens and the earth. This alludes to the singular Force that connects the earth with the heavens, meaning that the Supernal Light is evident even in the darkness on earth. From G-d’s perspective, this is of course always true, but in order for it to be true from our perspective, this truth must be a vivid reality in one’s life. When this is so, one is close to G-d, and as such, is not limited by the normal constrictions of time and space (Sod Yesharim II 72b).
3Tractate Ketubos 13:1.
4Tractate Chagigah 9b.
5This teaching was probably placed together with the previous one because the verse, “Today I arrived at the well,” which contains an allusion to the Divine Name and to what was said in n. #2, was said in mundane conversation, thus meaning that it was expressed while maintaining G-d- consciousness.

Translation and commentary by Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 23rd Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 23rd Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

From one nation to the world

“It is upon the Israeli nation to qualify themselves and the people of the whole world to develop until they assume this sublime work of love of man, which is the ladder to the purpose of creation, which is adhesion with the Creator.”

Baal HaSulam, “The Bond

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